Assessing Racial and Ethnic Differences in Attitudes towards the Use of Physical Discipline in Parenting: A Mixed-Methods Approach

Dejun Su, Drissa Toure, Kandy Do, Athena K Ramos

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Using a concurrent nested mixed-methods approach, this study assessed racial and ethnic differences in attitudes towards the use of physical discipline in parenting based on data recently collected in Nebraska. Relative to Non-Hispanic White parents, African American parents were more likely to approve the practice of physical punishment to correct misbehavior of children, whereas Hispanic parents were less likely to support physical punishment. There was a positive relationship between acculturation and approval of physical discipline among Hispanic parents. Understanding these differences can help inform the design and implementation of future parenting education programs for parents of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-465
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 8 2019



  • African Americans
  • Hispanics
  • Physical discipline
  • acculturation
  • parenting education
  • racial and ethnic disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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